CHAPIN — Newberry’s Amir Abrams, back from a shoulder injury, scored three touchdowns Friday night to help Newberry High School end the night with 435 yards on offense and a 32-18 victory over the Chapin Eagles.
The 14-point loss by Chapin was the largest margin of defeat for Chapin in a regular season game since Newberry defeated them 35-13 during the 2013 season.
Starting off at their 25, Newberry stayed on the ground five of seven plays before seeing a first and 10 from the Chapin 23. Going to the air, Tyriq Goodman connected with Jaleel Gilliam on a touchdown pass and Newberry took the 7-0 lead with 1:02 left in the first quarter after the Ethan Day PAT kick.
Chapin returned the ensuing kick off 88 yards for a touchdown but the missed PAT kick.
Newberry put together an 80-yard nine minute scoring drive, running 17 plays including converting two fourth downs.
After a fourth-and-eight pass to Gilliam put Newberry at the five, Abrams scored his 30th career touchdown one play later. The PAT was good for the 14-6 lead with 4:12 left in the half.
The Eagles scored on a one-yard run, but a potentially tying two-point pass fell incomplete and Newberry took the 14-12 lead into the locker rooms.
Newberry ended the first half with a 334-101 advantage in total offensive yardage.
In the second half, the Eagles threw an interception to Marcus Moore at his 46.
After a Newberry punt, Chapin just kept finding itself going backwards from its 23. Two straight penalties, including intentional grounding on a second down, set up a third and 23 from its 12.
The Chapin quarterback threw a pass, which was batted, and he made his own reception, but the tackle was made at the one yard line. A shanked punt put Newberry at the 27 yard line of Chapin.
Abrams got the call all four times on the next drive and scored from four yards out. The PAT was blocked and the score was 20-12 with 6:23 left in the third.
Both teams traded punts before Chapin would score on a 26-yard pass with 18 seconds left in the third. Another potentially tying two-point pass was incomplete.
A second interception by Marcus Moore was bookended between two Newberry scoring drives.
Gilliam never broke stride in his 41-yard reception, which ended an 80-yard seven play drive for the 26-18 score with 9:29 left in the game.
The Eagles called their final time out on the play prior to the interception.
Newberry never went to the air on their final scoring drive of the night. Abrams and Moore got the call all nine times, with Abrams scoring from three yards out to end the scoring at 32-18 with 3:38 left in the contest.
The time-of-possession was perhaps the main factor in the game. Chapin had the ball a total of 3:37 in the first quarter, 3:07 in the second, 3:59 in the third and just 97 seconds in the fourth quarter for a total of 12:20 out of the 48 minutes played.
Along with Abrams’ 190 yards of offense, Tony Mason had two carries for four yards, Moore has six for 31, Goodman had nine for 25, and KT Robinson had two for eight yards. Willie Young lost a yard on his lone carry.
Kaleb Rosemond had one reception for five yards, Mason had two for 30, Gilliam had four for 91), Darius Stephens-York had one for eight, RJ Wadsworth had two for 21, Bradley Love had one for five, Zymere Epps had one for four and KT Robinson caught one pass for 17 yards.
Newberry (3-1) will play host to Fairfield Central on Friday at Newberry College’s Setzler Field.
This will be the first time since the 1978 season that the Bulldogs have played a football game on the college campus.